Danny Boyle has the License to Film Bond 25!

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After weeks of negotiation, the status of who will be directing the 25th film of the James Bond franchise has been confirmed. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle has officially been named as director of the next James Bond feature staring Daniel Craig, who will be returning to the role of Bond for the fifth and final time.

Boyle and his Trainspotting collaborator John Hodge are also crafting a script for the follow-up to Spectre.

We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.

The ball is officially rolling for this picture and I am very interested now that Boyle is on board. I’m convinced that the man who directed Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Steve Jobs, 28 Days Later and the architect behind the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London is certainly up to the task of directing a James Bond flick and perhaps send Daniel Craig out on a high note if he elects to truly walk away from Bond after this film. Eagerly awaiting to see what’s in store for this!

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Daniel Craig is not done as 007 after all!

Eon Productions, the producers behind cinema’s most prominent assassin, have dropped news related to the next installment of the long running James Bond franchise. It was reported that the next James Bond feature, currently titled Bond 25, will bow into theaters on November 8, 2019. Upon the reveal of the release date of the new James Bond flick, news has been put to rest regarding who will be carrying the license to kill: Daniel Craig is reportedly coming back!

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Craig has been portraying 007 since 2006, when he made his debut in the highly successful Casino Royale. His stint as Bond includes three more features including Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, which arrived in theaters in late 2015. After Spectre began its theatrical run, Craig has publicly expressed his exhaustion and frustration with the role, speculating as to whether he will relinquish the role to another actor and walk away. With Bond 25’s release date secured, sources have seemingly confirmed that Daniel Craig will return as the vodka martini-drinking, Aston Martin driving, British spy armed with a Walther, a few gadgets from Q’s laboratory and a gorgeous woman for company.

Mr. Craig’s return is a done deal, according to two people briefed on the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid conflicts with Eon and MGM.

At present, the studio is narrowing down on finalists to direct the 2019 spy thriller, and there is no mention on whether anyone else is slated to star in the picture. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have written the previous six Bond movies, are teaming up once more to write the script for the new 007 adventure. Bond is coming back. Craig is coming back. 2019 is not that far off so, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens from here on out!

It’s Official! Daniel Craig is done as 007!

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I took an interest in the James Bond film franchise in high school. I believe I have seen every Bond film from the Sean Connery era, Pierce Brosnan era, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and I believe I have seen the George Lazenby Bond flick only once. Anyway, I found out that Daniel Craig would be the next in line to get the license to kill in high school and I have respected his performance as James Bond from Casino Royale, to Quantum of Solace, to Skyfall to Spectre, even though half of the Bond films of his time weren’t exactly up to snuff. After Skyfall, I started to hear whispers that Craig was considering relinquishing his role as Bond even though he was being looked at for one or two additional films. I was hoping he would return but alas he has chosen to walk away from the role of James Bond.

Insiders said Craig turned down a £68million ($99 million) offer from MGM studio to return as Bond for two more films following last year’s hit Spectre. The sum included endorsements, profit shares, and a role for him working as a co-producer.

So that’s that! The Bond films of his time were hit and miss but he did a fine job as Bond in my opinion and I wish him well in his endeavors after making this decision. Now MGM studios have to begin work on who is to replace him as the next James Bond. Here are actors who have been speculated to become the seventh actor to portray James Bond:

Tom Hiddleston

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Idris Elba

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Henry Cavill

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Michael Fassbender

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Colin Farrell

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Tom Hardy

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Damian Lewis

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It’s should be interesting to see how this plays out. Until it does, the world will have to wait and see who takes up the mantle of Agent 007.

2016 Oscar Predictions Part II

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And we’re back. You’ve already seen part I of my Oscar predictions for this year. Now it’s time for part II. Let’s get into it then!

Best Original Song:

  • Earned It-Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Manta Ray-Facing Extinction
  • Simple Song #3-Youth
  • Til it Happens to You-The Hunting Ground
  • Writing’s On the Wall-Spectre

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Earned It-Fifty Shades of Grey

Best Original Score:

  • Thomas Newman-Bridge of Spies
  • Carter Burwell-Carol
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson-Sicario
  • John Williams-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Ennio Morricone-The Hateful Eight

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Ennio Morricone-The Hateful Eight

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Best Film Editing:

  • Margaret Sixel-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Tom McArdle-Spotlight
  • Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Hank Corwin-The Big Short
  • Stephen Mirrione-The Revenant

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Hank Corwin-The Big Short

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Best Cinematography:

  • Edward Lachman-Carol
  • John Seale-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Roger Deakins-Sicario
  • Robert Richardson-The Hateful Eight
  • Emmanuel Lubezki-The Revenant

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Emmanuel Lubezki-The Revenant

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Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Nick Hornby-Brooklyn
  • Phyllis Nagy-Carol
  • Emma Donoghue-Room
  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Drew Goddard-The Martian

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay-The Big Short

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Best Original Screenplay:

  • Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen-Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland-Ex Machina
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley-Inside Out
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy-Spotlight
  • Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff-Straight Outta Compton

I predict that the Oscar will go to: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy-Spotlight

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Now we come to the fun part, which is part III of my predictions where I will who may be the winning actors, director and the prestigious Best Picture. Check back soon.

Behold! The Nominees for the 88th Annual Academy Awards!

oscar-guyAfter months and months of waiting, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have spoken! This morning, President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs, along with Guillermo Del Toro, Ang Lee and John Krazinski unveiled the nominees in the 24 categories for the 88th Academy Awards! Let’s dive right into those categories shall we?

Foreign Language Film:

  • A War (Denmark)
  • Embrace of the Serpent (Columbia)
  • Mustang (France)
  • Son of Saul (Hungary)
  • Theeb (Jordan)

Documentary:

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • The Look of Silence
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Visual Effects:

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Animated Feature Film:

  • Anomalisa
  • O Menino eo Mundo (Boy and the World)
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep
  • When Marnie Was There

Costume Design:

  • Sandy Powell-Carol
  • Sandy Powell-Cinderella
  • Jenny Beavan-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Paco Delgado-The Danish Girl
  • Jacqueline West-The Revenant

Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Original Song:

  • Earned It-Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Manta Ray-Facing Extinction
  • Simple Song #3-Youth
  • Til it Happens to You-The Hunting Ground
  • Writing’s On the Wall-Spectre

Original Score:

  • Thomas Newman-Bridge of Spies
  • Carter Burwell-Carol
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson-Sicario
  • John Williams-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Ennio Morricone-The Hateful Eight

Production Design:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Film Editing:

  • Margaret Sixel-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Tom McArdle-Spotlight
  • Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Hank Corwin-The Big Short
  • Stephen Mirrione-The Revenant

Cinematography:

  • Edward Lachman-Carol
  • John Seale-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Roger Deakins-Sicario
  • Robert Richardson-The Hateful Eight
  • Emmanuel Lubezki-The Revenant

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Nick Hornby-Brooklyn
  • Phyllis Nagy-Carol
  • Emma Donoghue-Room
  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Drew Goddard-The Martian

Original Screenplay:

  • Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen-Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland-Ex Machina
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley-Inside Out
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy-Spotlight
  • Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff-Straight Outta Compton

Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Alicia Vikander-The Danish Girl
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh-The Hateful Eight
  • Kate Winslet-Steve Jobs
  • Rachel McAdams-Spotlight
  • Rooney Mara-Carol

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Christian Bale-The Big Short
  • Mark Ruffalo-Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance-Bridge of Spies
  • Tom Hardy-The Revenant
  • Sylvester Stallone-Creed

Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Cate Blanchett-Carol
  • Brie Larson-Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence-Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling-45 Years
  • Saiorse Ronan-Brooklyn

Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bryan Cranston-Trumbo
  • Matt Damon-The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio-The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender-Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne-The Danish Girl

Direction:

  • Lenny Abrahamson-Room
  • George Miller-Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu-The Revenant
  • Adam McKay-The Big Short
  • Tom McCarthy-Spotlight

Best Picture:

The full list of nominees can be found via the provided link. Later I will provide my analysis of the Oscars’ class of 2015 and I will post my predictions in the coming weeks. Chris Rock will host the festivities and the 88th Annual Academy Awards will be televised on ABC on February 28, 2016.